Deaf : Understanding Hearing Loss

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To see, to touch, to smell, to taste, but not to hear. Imagine living in a world where lips are moving a mile a minute or where sound is only visually depicted, but acoustically absent. Where everyday of your life is spent trying to decipher the words leaping off the tongues of those around you. For over 30 million people in the world this has become or has been their reality. Deaf individuals, spend their lives trying to ways to maneuver around in a hearing world. Although the United States provides some form of resources to deaf individuals this is does not alleviate the fact that America still has some growing to do; in terms of accepting and truly embracing the Deaf Culture especially within education. Understanding Hearing Loss…show more content…
Therefore one begins to question if public school are providing adequate resources for students with hearing loss. To fully decipher this question one must analyze how hearing loss is handle under the law. Hearing Loss Under the Law Individuals with Disabilities Education improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) was established in the hopes of creating an inclusive classrooms for students with all types of disabilities whether physical, mental or emotional. IDEA has become the national framework for education when it comes to students with disabilities. However how inclusive is IDEA when it comes to the Deaf community. IDEA defines hearing Impairment and deafness as two separate things. Deafness is defined as “a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification.” whereas hearing impairment is “an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance but is not included under the definition of ‘deafness. '” While the hearing loss community groups these two communities into one large community, IDEA seperates them. Under IDEA students apart of the “deaf” community can receive “amplification systems, sign language interpreter, preferred seating (for lip reading), a note taker and placing captioning on films. (IDEA)” Also the teachers can be given ASL
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